Stateside Staff

  • Mayor Mike Duggan spelled out his vision for Detroit in his annual state of the city address last night. Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley shares her thoughts about the speech.

  • Jason Dalton was arraigned today on a long litany of charges in connection with the Saturday night shooting rampage in Kalamazoo – including six counts of murder.
  • A state official discusses the plume of toxic chemical headed for Ann Arbor’s drinking water supply. Michigan is out of step with federal regulations for risk.
  • Why was Detroit the center of building cars and trucks? A new book looks at the history of car companies. It’s called Lost Car Companies of Detroit.
  •  The Next Idea: Researchers at the University of Michigan are working on a braille version of tablet computers for blind or visually impaired people.
  • There’s an innovative idea from Israel that might be taking root in Detroit.
  • For 33 years, Bill Proctor was a well-known television reporter in Detroit before recently retiring.
  • Detroit Public Schools' emergency manager Darnell Earley is stepping down at the end of the month. But that still leaves plenty of questions unanswered.
  • Thousands of newly-released documents prove how state bureaucrats shrugged off worries about the Legionnaires' outbreak in Flint. A team of Detroit News reporters, including Chad Livengood, dug through this latest document dump.
  • Many of us have seen the heartbreaking scenes and photos from the Syrian refugee crisis and wondered: how can I help?
  • A new report out from Education Trust-Midwest says some charter school authorizers in Michigan aren't doing their jobs very well.
  • Marquette native Aaron Peterson is the director, editor and cinematographer of the new film Michigan Ice.
  • Governor Rick Snyder’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year pays a lot of attention to Flint’s drinking water crisis and the state’s infrastructure shortcomings. We have more from our It’s Just Politics team of Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta.
  • In the wake of the Flint water crisis, there are some who are calling for criminal charges to be filed against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other state and local officials.
Only 17 miles from Lake Michigan's shore, Waukesha, WI, wants to replace its irradiated drinking water with water from the lake
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Should a Wisconsin city with a contaminated groundwater supply be allowed to siphon drinking water from Lake Michigan?

Waukesha's groundwater supply has a radium problem. Being 17 miles from Lake Michigan, Waukesha's proposed solution is to draw water from the lake. 

But according to the Great Lakes Compact, Waukesha cannot just lay down a pipeline and start drinking Lake Michigan water. It has to ask, and all eight Great Lakes governors have to say "yes."

According to Laura Reese, while Midtown Detroit is seeing some income growth, the rest of the city is only getting worse
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Construction is moving along in Detroit on the new Red Wings arena scheduled to open in 2017.

It’s right across from the Comerica Park, which is across the street from Ford Field.

Do economic development tactics like shiny new stadiums and arenas, casinos, and festival marketplaces really pay off for cities? What really works in urban development?

  • Flint Mayor Karen Weaver unveiled an ambitious plan today to replace all lead drinking water lines in one year. We talk with Michael McDaniel, retired National Guard brigadier general and Western Michigan University law professor who's helping to coordinate these efforts in Flint.
  • A University of Michigan study finds expectant first-time dads are exceptionally vulnerable to the often-unflattering ways that fathers are portrayed on TV.
  • What about hydro-powered public transit? Our guest on The Next Idea believes it’s time to rethink using Michigan's assets.
  • The Lions have waited 50 years, but will fans ever see their team in a Super Bowl? Michigan Radio’s sports commentator John U. Bacon joins us to talk about football, basketball and hockey.
  • An exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art looks at the history of the sneaker going back to the 1800’s.
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As people across the nation celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, many a Michigander will celebrate what some folks endearingly call Pączki (poonch-KEY) Day by eating a mega-calorie packing deep-fried Polish doughnut.

Over the past few decades, Michigan lost more residents than any other state. That means thousands of our kind relocated to a metro-area which may be lacking a Polish-American population, and therefore, lacking places to purchase a precious Pączki.

  •  A public relations expert tells us what he thinks Governor Snyder should be doing in light of the Flint water crisis.
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  • If you're a police officer in the U.K., you might go your entire career without ever seeing a gun. Compared to what London Metropolitan Police Constable Michael Matthews is used to, Detroit is "a completely different world."
  • Flint's water crisis had its first Congressional hearing today before the House Oversight Committee. Detroit Free Press Capitol Hill reporter Todd Spangler was at the hearing.
  • First to testify at today's hearing was Flint's Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee. He joined Stateside from Washington.
  • Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss delivered her first State of the City address last night.
  • Michigan's open primary is on March 8th. Unlike many other primaries, Michigan voters will be the only in the nation to head to the polls on that day. Michigan Radio's Senior Political Analyst, Jack Lessenberry breaks down upcoming primary.
  • Michigan State University's State of the State Survey measures the mood of Michiganders on a broad range of issues.
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(This story was updated at 9:55am on February 2, 2016) 

Michigan's open primary is on March 8th. 

Michigan Radio's senior political analyst Jack Lessenberry stops by Stateside to explore the nuances of  Michigan's 2016 primary with host Cynthia Canty.

Lessenberry thinks Michigan could play a major role in choosing the presidential nominees of one, or both parties this year. Others agree, including the Hillary Clinton campaign, which this weekend called for adding a Democratic debate with Senator Bernie Sanders in Flint just ahead of the primary. 

  • There have been some new developments in a fairly complicated story we aired recently. Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reported on parents how lost custody of their child because of felony drug charges. But those charges might have been due to some political pressure on a state crime lab. 
  • Now that Stateside is on Fridays, we thought we’d offer a toast to the weekend.
  • Dr. Marc Edwards will be on the new Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Council. He gives us an update on the water situation in the city.
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Earlier this week we asked you to send us selfies that show how you're feeling about this year's elections.

  • In a 6-to-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all prisoners sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as minors should be given a chance to seek parole.
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Thanks to an opinion handed down Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court, some 350 Michigan prison inmates woke up today with a new view on life.

In a six-to-three decision, the High Court ruled that all prisoners who have been sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as minors should be given a chance to seek parole.

Deborah LaBelle is an Ann Arbor-based attorney and director of the Juvenile Life Without Parole Initiative with the ACLU.

Vishavjit Singh as Sikh Captain America in New York City
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Since 1941, Captain America has been a symbol of American identity, and it continues to be for Vishavjit Singh.

Singh has traveled the country dressed as Captain America, but he's put a Sikh spin on the iconic character: his Captain sports a turban and a long beard.

Featured in Salon and various media around the country, Singh’s Captain has taken the online world by storm.

Gov. Rick Snyder delivering his 2016 State of the State speech.
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In most states, if journalists or citizens want to hold our elected officials accountable, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is an important tool in our political toolbox.

  • A former Wayne County assistant prosecutor has been picked to investigate Flint's drinking water crisis and determine if civil or even criminal charges should be filed. Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody reports.
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The Court of Claims is all over the news lately, with Detroit Public Schools’ attempt to establish a temporary restraining order to block teacher sick-outs and the class action lawsuits in Flint due to the water crisis.

But what is the Court of Claims?